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John Ryan Murphy
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John Ryan Murphy made his major league debut in 2013.

Murphy was the second-team high school All-American catcher in 2009 according to Baseball America, behind Bryce Harper. The New York Yankees took him 76th overall in the 2009 amateur draft; the pick was compensation for failing to sign Scott Bittle the year before. He was New York's second selection, following Slade Heathcott. He turned down a scholarship to the University of Miami, signed late and got into just 9 games for the GCL Yankees (11 for 33, 2 BB, HR, 3 BB). Murphy hit .255/.327/.376 for the 2010 Charleston RiverDogs, fielding .973 with 13 passed balls in 53 games and throwing out 23% of attempted base-stealers. He did come up with a big day August 13th against the Hickory Crawdads, with a grand slam, a three-run homer and two more RBI to fall one RBI shy of the South Atlantic League single-game record.

Backing up fellow prospect Gary Sanchez for Charleston in 2011, he fared better (.297/.343/.457 in 63 G) and moved up to the Tampa Yankees (.259/.270/.365 in 23 G). He hit 29 doubles in 341 at-bats that year. In 2012, he played for Tampa (.257/.322/.374 in 67 G) and the Trenton Thunder (.231/.306/.408 in 43 G). He had 11 errors, 13 passed balls and threw out 32% of attempted base-stealers. He was 6 for 26 with two home runs and four RBI for Trenton in the playoffs.

In 2013, J.R. opened with Trenton (.268/.352/.421 in 49 G), then moved up to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (.270/.342/.430 in 59 G). He hit 29 doubles and 12 home runs. He was a September call-up to the majors. In his big league debut on September 2nd, he pinch-hit for Robinson Cano in the bottom of the 8th of a 9-1 blowout of the Chicago White Sox. He singled off David Purcey then exited the game in the top of the 9th. He hit .154/.185/.192 in 16 games in his first taste of the majors. He started the 2014 season back in the minors (5 for 26, 3 2B for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre) but was soon called up to New York to back up newly signed Brian McCann when Francisco Cervelli went on the disabled list. He hit his first career home run on April 26th, connecting off Hector Santiago of the Los Angeles Angels in the 5th inning, after having hit a two-run single in the 2nd. His offensive heroics were key to a 4-3 win.

Sources include 2013 Yankees Media Guide

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